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Walking In Simonetta’s Shoes

Posted: March 11, 2006
by: T.Alexander

Do you ever think about walking in the shoes of another? We do it all the time when we read fiction or watch a good movie. What would it be like if I lived there or worked at that job? OK – maybe it’s a little escape, but escape can be good for the soul and I like to escape to Tuscany.

When I receive blog posts and recipes from Simonetta at Casabella Vista, I drift into the life of a Tuscan bed and breakfast owner. Casabellavistapicnicarea When Simonetta sent this recipe for apple cake she also sent a nice note. It was cold on the morning she wrote the email. Simonetta and her mother walked to market as I imagine Simonetta’s relatives had done in generations past. They go with a vision in mind….an entrée, a pasta dish, but this particular morning they wanted apples for apple cake. After making the cake I can just see Simonetta’s family and the guests of Casabella Vista enjoying the cake with a cup of coffee or tea. Perhaps they found a moment of peace on a balcony or porch gazing at the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

Why don’t you try the recipe and while you’re at it, take a small vacation in the privacy of your imagination. Apple_cake


Soft Apple Cake

125g butter at room temperature

175g sugar

2 eggs

1 lemon


200g flour

50g fecola

sachet of baking powder

3 apples

Heat the oven to 190°

Peel the apples and slice thinly, add the juice of the lemon and 50g of sugar, mix together.

Beat together the butter and 125g sugar, add the eggs, the grated rind of the lemon and salt. Work the mixture well, then add the flour, fecola, and lastley the yeast.

Place the mixture in a sprung cake dish, spread the apple mixture on top, cook for 50/60 minutes.

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